Allocate more funds to herbal medicine – advises Dr Asare

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Dr Collins William Asare (left), administrator of the National COVID-19 Trust Fund, and Professor Kodjo Amedjorteh Senah, sociologist at the University of Ghana, at the 45th anniversary of the launch of the Center for Scientific Research in Plant Medicine in Mampong in the East Region

National COVID-19 Trust Fund administrator Dr Collins William Asare has called on the government to allocate more resources to the herbal medicine sector to help unlock the sector’s full potential.

He said the practice of herbal medicine needed increased funding to support research for innovations in order to tackle emerging diseases and other challenges in the delivery of health services.

Speaking at the launch of the 45th anniversary of the Center for Scientific Research in Plant Medicine (CSRPM) in Accra, Dr Asare, who is also a member of the ECOWAS Council of Elders (CoW), said the medical sector traditional and herbal had the potential to change a country’s economic fortunes when properly resourced and positioned.

According to him, the sector, which relied on herbal medicine and other natural remedies to treat diseases and cure the sick, could create jobs, provide affordable medical care and reduce poverty through the creation wealth and entrepreneurship.

He said that unlike Ghana, where herbal medicine was least popular, the practice was most preferred in China and other Asian countries, resulting in increased value for their economies.

Dotation funds

Dr Asare also launched a $ 25 million endowment fund for the CSRPM in Mampong-Akwapim in the Eastern region.

The fund aims to pool resources to support scientific research for the advancement of the practice of traditional and herbal medicine in the country.

It is part of the initiatives marking the 45th anniversary of the center on the theme: “Health promotion and wealth creation: the role of plant medicine research in Ghana”.

The center produces its own medicines and also operates an outpatient clinic which treats more than 16,000 patients per month.

The Managing Director of the National Lotteries Authority (NLA), Mr. Sammy Awuku, has pledged on behalf of the authority to donate GH ¢ 100,000 to the fund.

Recommendation

Dr Asare, former vice-president of the Ghana Association of Former International Civil Servants (GAFICS), commended the center for its contribution to herbal medicine research in the country.

“It leaves me in no doubt that when the necessary finances and resources are made available to you, there is much more you can do. Already we note that the center has received very high recognition for the research and development of herbal products. that meet the existing needs of patients and industry, ”he added.


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